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New GCOOS Data Portals announced during White House Water Summit

Today in conjunction with World’s Water Day and the White House Water Summit, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) announces the launch of two new data portals: the Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal and Citizen Science Data Portal. The Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal, developed in partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, assimilates information from multiple sources to encourage informed decisions concerning nutrient inputs and hypoxia impacts. The Citizen Science Data Portal will act as a cost-effective data aggregator for the many citizen scientists and groups monitoring environmental conditions within the Gulf region.

GCOOS is a Regional Association in support of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).

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New Polar Challenge for observing announced at Arctic Science Summit Week

This week, the World Climate Research Programme and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation launched a challenge for the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) with the capability to complete missions under the sea ice in the Polar regions. The aim of the challenge, which includes prize money totaling 500,000 Swiss francs ($511,000), is to stimulate the innovation of new monitoring tools for the polar oceans, to complement satellite observations and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Currently operational AUVs, in ice-free zones, are able to collect a wide range of oceanographic observations; however, sea ice poses a major issue for accurate data collection in these models. The Polar Challenge hopes to evoke innovative models which could overcome those challenges and change current climate research in the Polar regions.

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MARACOOS Observations and models used to forecast hurricane intensity

Recently published, Rutgers University-led study utilized Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) data to incorporate coastal water conditions into predicating storm intensities. Data from the observations were fed into ocean and atmospheric models to quantify the role of baroclinic processes during tropical cyclone events.  The scientists emphasize the importance of coastal baroclinic observations to coastal populations with sea level rise and migration of tropical storms steadily increasing.

MARACOOS is a Regional Association in support of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).

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Increased Use of Seismic Surveys Spurs Push for Global Standards and Strategies

Governments and industries around the world are increasingly using seismic surveys in order to explore for resources, but these methods can cause major noise pollution which threatens marine life.  In response to these threats, a global consortium of experts from universities and environmental organizations are working to put together standards that could apply across jurisdictional boundaries.  Not only would this save global industries from having to navigate individual national regulations, it would also help ensure that ocean noise is recognized as a global pollutant which needs to be managed and limited.

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Ocean Tracking Network to Expand into Brazil

A Halifax-based Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise has teamed up with a parallel Brazilian institute to work on integrating the Brazilian aquatic animal tracking system into the global Ocean Tracking Network.  The Nova Scotia Department of Labour has committed $25,000 to the project, and Brazil based foundations have committed another $60,000.

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